Philippe Coutinho is rumoured to be wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick for Brazil in their Copa America match against Haiti last night
Liverpool's Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick in his country's 7-1 Copa America victory over Haiti last night, as rumours of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona's interest in the 23-year-old continue to grow.
Coutinho was in fantastic form for the Reds during this past season, and has been a revelation since his £8.5 million move from Inter Milan in January 2013. It is hard to think of a player signed over the last decade who would have provided more value for money than the Brazilian.
Coutinho was a key figure for Liverpool last season
The Guardian have reported PSG and Barcelona's interest, but after last night's display, will Coutinho's value continue to climb? Will Jürgen Klopp class him as indispensable? Or, with rumoured bids for Mario Götze and Gonzalo Higuain expected, will he look at Coutinho as someone he can do without to balance the books at Anfield?
It is a recurring theme at major tournaments. The value of players can either rise or dip depending on their performances. Look at Real Madrid's James Rodriguez as an example. His performances for Columbia in the 2014 World Cup were the reason his country made it as far as the quarter-finals. He was one of the shining lights of the World Cup, and a couple of weeks after the tournament ended he moved to the Spanish capital for a fee in the region of £70 million.
Coutinho has been linked with a move away from Anfield
With The Guardian suggesting that PSG's original bid of around £23 million is nowhere near Liverpool's valuation, could a similar situation to Rodriguez's happen here with Coutinho? If he continues to put in man-of-the-match displays, there is only one way his value will go and that's up. With PSG involved, there is no price too high, so this summer could see 2016's equivalent of James Rodriguez's move to Real Madrid.
Even if Liverpool do manage to sign Bayern's Götze, they will surely be desperate to hold on to Coutinho. The thought of those two playing in the same team really is enough to get Reds fans salivating.
Klopp will have a big decision to make regarding the future of the Brazilian